Saturday, November 17, 2018

Enya Morricone

So last weekend I added Omnisphere to my collection of soft synths, which sparked a weekend of instrumental stuff. I called the weekend Enya Morricone weekend, as I had one Enya style track I started, and one Ennio Morricone style western track.


Through the course of the week, I started another Celtic-style instrumental, though purely guitar based. I also revisited "Awake, Alone and a Mess" thinking it was nearly done, but totally disliked the recording of it, even as a mix tape.

So this weekend I slowed it by 10 bpm and re-recorded it from the ground up, and it's much better now. Still want to wait til I can give it a bit more polish. A song about insomnia, which I seem to have been cured of this last week and am sleeping peacefully and often!

And I also picked up and worked more on the western-style instrumental, have it all mapped out and recorded, will just wait a bit and give it some polish before calling it done.

Writing and recording ain't very photogenic - so here's a shot from Red Dead Redemption 2, through FotoSketcher
The western instrumental goes by the name "With the Rider Came the Storm", still playing with it this weekend, we'll see if it gets to a point that is somewhat done - I'm optimistic!

Since both "Awake..." and "With the Rider..." are going to have a fairly prominent feature of bass, I decided it was time to upgrade my bass. Not my main instrument, so I didn't need anything flash, just a good, solid workhorse, with the Precision and Jazz pickups in it. After some consideration I went with...


… a Fender Aerodyne Jazz bass. Made in Japan, so solid workmanship if "nuthin' fancy" and just in the sweet spot of quality vs price, with the right range of sounds. Looks pretty snazzy too! Picked it up on Friday Nov 16th from the Guitar Center in Nashville, as wanted to try it out before purchase, not being familiar with it. Already it's in use on "Awake.." and "Rider.." so maybe y'all will get to hear it soon!

Have a good one!
   Tom

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